Photos from the soapstone workshop
It was a day of fun and learning when the Geologists' from GEUS Nuuk invited Nuuk-citizens to Ikkatut to learn about the use of soapstone in the past as well as in the future.
The workshop is part of a project on how to make use of the knowledge about soapstone in Greenland.
At the workshop geologists' Nynke Keulen and Majken D. Poulsen from GEUS Nuuk told the around 30 participants about the geology of the area, how to recognize soapstone and how soapstone can be used.
Mikkel Myrup from the National Museum of Greenland talked about former uses of soapstone and about the trading patterns to be derived from findings of soapstone.
Jens- Christian Skov from the Ministry of Mineral Resources talked about the rules and regulations when it comes to exploiting soapstone.
The workshop also included local artists who showed the participants how to carve the beautiful stone.
The project is a collaboration between GEUS Nuuk, GEUS Copenhagen, Ilisimatursarfik and Greenland Perspective.
More photos from the workshop below:
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Soapstone as a local Resource
The area around Nuuk has been of interest to scientists for centuries because of its unique geology. The project aims to bridge the gap between researchers and the public and to inform the citizens of Nuuk and of other towns and villages in Greenland about the potential for small scale mining of soapstone.